Simulating the Production of Future Marine Products

Thomas Koch, Atlantec Enterprise Solutions GmbH, Hamburg, Germany,


Discrete Event Simulation has recently gained broader interest to improve production analysis, planning, and scheduling and is already applied regularly by some shipyards. However, various potentially interested users consider the heavy-weight modelling effort and experience required a major obstacle to build useful simulation scenarios.

This paper describes a domain oriented and knowledge based approach that creates simulation models in a straightforward, descriptive way. It uses real-world objects recognized by engineers and planners. The approach is applied to production facilities as well as to products. Another challenge addressed is the simulation of incompletely designed products for future new-building programs.